Tex Live and tlmgr.

Miller, Bruce R. (Fed) bruce.miller at nist.gov
Thu May 6 20:21:29 CEST 2021

On 5/6/21 1:42 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
> Hi Rolf,
>      > (running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
> Evidently you're using the TL that comes with Debian (/usr/share/texlive

If Rolf is indeed using Debian's version, he may well be better off
continuing to do so. There are advantages as far as keeping things simple,
unless one really needs the (b)leeding edge.

To update, you'd just use "aptitude update" (or something like
that; I'm more an rpm guy)

> ..). This is entirely separate from the "upstream" TL distributed by
> the user groups (https://tug.org/texlive).
> I know nothing about updating the Debian package, but presumably you
> already have the latest TL stuff that's available for whatever Debian
> version you are running, because Norbert is quite active :) about
> keeping Debian as up to date as possible.
>      Or something else entirely???
> You can install the upstream TL, either from the .iso as Alan suggested
> or starting from a small installer, as described on
> https://tug.org/texlive/acquire-netinstall.html
>      whole Tex Live installation will go to hell in a handcart and I will
>      lose, for the time being, the capacity to use LaTeX.  I cannot afford
>      that.
> By default, the upstream TL will install under /usr/local/texlive and is
> *entirely independent* of your distro installation.  Many of us have
> myriad TL installations and switch between them merely by changing PATH.
> You have to go to some trouble changing default directories and/or
> options to create any interference ... --hope this helps, karl.

bruce.miller at nist.gov

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